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FLIPPIN' fantastic! Shrove Tuesday may have come and gone, but our city is a pancake paradise all year round. Mary Griffin and Alison Jones give us their 13 top places to enjoy these tasty treats.

QUINTO LOUNGE This new cafe in Sutton Coldfield has a triple stack of buttermilk pancakes with either banana, strawberries, peach sauce and Greek yoghurt or crispy bacon and maple syrup for PS6.25. Simply divine.

Giraffe A mightily impressive classic stack with maple syrup is PS5.95. Add bacon or blueberry compote and banana for an extra PS1. Kids can build their own stack and decorate them with chocolate sauce, mini marshmallows and fresh fruit.

Victoria Creperie This street food vendor and relative newcomer to Digbeth Dining Club is bringing a continental twist to pancakes. From their small coffee shop in Stourbridge, the creperie team bring pancakes in different flavours including sugar and fresh lemon, white chocolate and Oreos, tarte tatin and the Victoria special with Nutella, banana, strawberries and white chocolate.

ED'S DINER In the Selfridges Food Hall (and now also in Grand Central) the breakfast menu features Ed's all-American pancake stack. The breakfast pancakes come with strawberries, blueberries and a jug of maple syrup for PS5.15. You can add bacon for an extra PS1. Dessert pancakes are the same price and come warm with vanilla ice cream and a choice of maple syrup or Hershey's chocolate sauce.

COAST TO COAST This Broad Street diner serves a vast selection of pancakes. The three buttermilk rounds are topped with everything from blueberry to peanut butter. There's also banana caramel, strawberries and cream, bourbon caramel, bacon and egg, breakfast feast, hazelnut chocolate and sausage and syrup. From PS4.95.

PLATINUM PANCAKES Another street food trader, Platinum Pancakes from Hall Green is a regular at Digbeth Dining Club, serving simple pancakes made with top quality ingredients. Look out for seasonal specialities sold for just a short time including Damsons in Distress (damson compote with a white chocolate dip).

BOSTON TEA PARTY At the Corporation Street branch and the newer cafe in Harborne, Boston Tea Party's brunch menu (served all day) puts a Scotch twist on pancakes. They're served with smoked bacon and maple syrup for PS6.25 or with seasonal compote and Greek yoghurt for PS5.50.

Cafe Opus At Ikon gallery you can try buckwheat pancakes courtesy of Cafe Opus. Served all day, they come with either fresh fruit or back bacon for PS5/PS5.50. For another twist on pancakes you could try their sister venue Bar Opus at One Snowhill where the Saturday brunch menu includes gluten free cornmeal pancakes with autumn berry and mascarpone, or fig, pancetta, and buratta cheese for PS7.

THE HIGH FIELD This out of town eatery has been keeping the appetites of Edgbastonites sated since last year. There are two ways you can enjoy pancakes here. Have them for brunch when they are classic American in style and served with maple syrup, butter and free-range crispy bacon for PS6. Or try them later for lunch or dinner, when herb pancakes with spinach and mushroom stuffing and gruyere cream sauce are served with or without free-range ham as starters or mains for PS7.75/PS12.50.

Selly Sausage Pause to crack a smile over the name of this Bristol Road cafe, then tuck into thick and fluffy Americanstyle pancakes made to order.

Whipped up at lightning speed, these are a generous breakfast with toppings including bacon (smothered with maple syrup), ham and cheese, lemon and sugar and apple cinnamon. Prices start at PS3.10.

CHERRY REDS In Kings Heath and John Bright Street, Cherry Reds has Americanstyle homemade pancakes on the menu, served all day. Choose from maple syrup, fresh fruit and ice cream, warm cinnamon fruit compote and whipped cream or scrambled egg and bacon rashers. They cost from PS4 up to PS9 for the 'Big Red' Pancake Breakfast of sausages, bacon, scrambled egg and hash browns piled on a stack of pancakes with a jug of maple syrup.

GAS STREET SOCIAL Serves two types of pancake. Fruit has bananas, berries and clotted Cornwall cream, or smoked streaky bacon and maple syrup (both PS5).

Crepe Affaire The French version of the pancake, this is all about the skim rather than the flip. The creperie in Grand Central specialises in the Brittany batter platter, but does breakfast meals and waffles too. Folded into a pocket, it is stuffed with fillings that are savoury (such as chicken, Swiss gruyere, tomato, mushrooms, spinach and tarragon) or sweet (like banana and Belgian chocolate or Nutella).

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